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ExxonMobil To Support Formula  SAE Team
Rensselaer’s highly ranked Formula SAE team will benefit from corporate sponsorship for the upcoming 2008 race season. International energy corporation ExxonMobil recently said it would donate motor oil, transmission fluid, differential fluids, and grease to Rensselaer’s racing team.

ExxonMobil announced in the final days of January it would support three university Formula SAE teams in the 2008 race season, in an effort to help boost science and math education in the United States. Along with Rensselaer, the company donated funds and materials to Duke University and Louisiana State University.

The annual competition, which dates back to 1978, is sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers and pits creative collegiate minds against each other to design, construct, and race a prototype formula race car. Representatives from General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, and other auto companies judge the competition on a variety of categories, including on-track performance, design, cost, and marketing.

Rensselaer’s Formula SAE team placed ninth out of 105 teams that competed in the 2007 Formula SAE competition in Romeo, Mich. Under the tutelage of faculty adviser Euan Somerscales, a MANE emeritus professor, and team leader Laura Wontrop ’08, a mechanical engineering major, the Rensselaer SAE Team had its best showing since taking eighth place in 1998.

Last year’s ninth place overall rank was a composite of the team’s performance in several different categories. Individual event rankings included second for acceleration, seventh for presentations, 11th for design, 12th for endurance, and 24th for cost.

For more information on Rensselaer’s SAE Formula team, including a gallery of its past cars, visit: http://www.formularpi.com.
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Inside Rensselaer
Volume 2, Number 3, February 14, 2008
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